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Sonia Hines, Elizabeth Steels, Anne Chang, Kristen Gibbons
BACKGROUND: Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is a common, unpleasant phenomenon and current therapies are not always effective for all patients. Aromatherapy has been suggested as an addition to the available treatment strategies. This review was originally published in 2012 and updated in 2017. OBJECTIVES: The main objective was to establish the efficacy and safety of aromatherapy comparable to standard pharmacological treatments for PONV in adults and children...
March 10, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Sara H Mohamed, Mahmoud S M Mohamed, Mary S Khalil, Magda Azmy, Mona I Mabrouk
AIM: This study aimed to test biofilm inhibition activities of each of essential oils (EOs), main compounds of EOs and enzymes against pathogenic Klebsiella pneumoniae METHODS AND RESULTS: Effect of seven EOs and three enzymes was tested on formation and eradication of Klebsiella pneumoniae biofilm. Peppermint oil showed robust biofilm inhibitory effect, causing inhibition ranged from 69.2-98.2% at 5 μl ml-1 . Thyme oil was found to have the best biofilm-eradication ability, causing eradication ranged from 80...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Silvia A V Tfouni, Raquel M Reis, Kamille Kamikata, Fernanda M L Gomes, Marcelo A Morgano, Regina P Z Furlani
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are food processing contaminants considered to be carcinogenic and genotoxic. Due to its drying process stage, teas may be contaminated with PAHs. The aim of the study was to validate an analytical method involving QuEChERS and HPLC-FLD for determination of PAH4 in teas and evaluate the contamination levels in 10 different types of teas from Brazil. Recoveries varied from 54-99% and RSDs from 1-21%. LODs and LOQs were from 0.03 to 0.3 µg/kg and 0.1 to 0.5 µg/kg, respectively...
February 28, 2018: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
T Kunkhyen, E Perez, M Bass, A Coyne, M J Baum, J A Cherry
In mice, olfaction is crucial for identifying social odors (pheromones) that signal the presence of suitable mates. We used a custom-built olfactometer and a thirst-motivated olfactory discrimination Go/No-Go (GNG) task to ask whether discrimination of volatile odors is sexually dimorphic and modulated in mice by adult sex hormones. Males and females gonadectomized prior to training failed to learn even the initial phase of the task, which involved nose poking at a port in one location obtaining water at an adjacent port...
February 23, 2018: Hormones and Behavior
Dirk Selmar, Alzahraa Radwan, Neama Abdalla, Hussein Taha, Carina Wittke, Ahmed El-Henawy, Tarek Alshaal, Megahed Amer, Maik Kleinwächter, Melanie Nowak, Hassan El-Ramady
This study aimed to elucidate the origin of the widespread nicotine contamination of plant-derived commodities, by conducting field experiments with various herbs and spice plants. By scattering tobacco and cigarette butts on the field and subsequent nicotine analyses of the acceptor plants, we verified that the alkaloid is leached out into the soil and is taken up by the crop plants. This path of contamination pertains even when there is only one cigarette butt per square meter. Even such minor pollution results - at least in the case of basil and peppermint - in considerable high nicotine contaminations, which exceed the maximum residue level by more than 20-fold...
February 14, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Paula L Vieira-Brock, Brent M Vaughan, David L Vollmer
Plant essential oils (EOs) are known to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi. Whether these antimicrobial effects are comparable to synthetic household products is less clear. Furthermore, limited research is available on the potential additive effect of blending EOs. In this investigation, a new EO blend containing orange, patchouli, peppermint, and clary sage was compared to its individual single oils and to three household products-air freshener, liquid soap, and body spray-for their ability to inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Pseudonomas aeruginosa, and Aspergillus brasiliensis in the disc-diffusion assay...
December 2017: Biochimie open
Kyung Min Jeong, Yan Jin, Da Eun Yoo, Se Young Han, Eun Mi Kim, Jeongmi Lee
Deep eutectic solvents (DESs) were investigated as an extraction medium for one-step sample preparation for chemical characterization of peppermint (Mentha piperita L.). Rather than applying discontinuous, time-consuming extraction methods to prepare two types of extracts, peppermint leaves were extracted efficiently into a DES, which was composed of choline chloride and d-(+)-glucose at a 5:2 molar ratio. The produced peppermint extracts contained volatile monoterpenes and phenolics at levels sufficient for direct chemical examination of peppermint leaves...
June 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
S Botschuijver, O Welting, E Levin, D Maria-Ferreira, E Koch, R C Montijn, J Seppen, T B M Hakvoort, F H J Schuren, W J de Jonge, R M van den Wijngaard
BACKGROUND: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder associated with altered gastrointestinal microflora and increased nociception to colonic distension. This visceral hypersensitivity can be reversed in our rat maternal separation model by fungicides. Menthacarin® is a proprietary combination of essential oils from Mentha x piperita L. and Carum carvi. Because these oils exhibit antifungal and antibacterial properties, we investigated whether Menthacarin® can reverse existing visceral hypersensitivity in maternally separated rats...
January 31, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Dianyong Jia, Shiqing Gao, Pengfei Duan, Jibao Chen, Fengxia Tian, Xiudao Yu
Aphids are major agricultural pests that cause significant yield losses of crops each year. (E)-β-farnesene (EβF), as the main component of the aphid alarm pheromones, can interrupt aphid feeding and cause other conspecies in the vicinity to become agitated or disperse from their host plant. Furthermore, EβF can function as a kairomone in attracting aphid predators. EβF synthase genes, which encode enzymes that convert farnesyl diphosphate (FPP) to the acyclic sesquiterpene EβF, have been isolated and characterized from peppermint (Mentha × piperita and Mentha asiatica), Yuzu (Citrus junos), Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), sweet wormwood (Artemisia annua) and chamomile (Matricaria recutita), respectively...
January 25, 2018: Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Biotechnology
B P Chumpitazi, G L Kearns, R J Shulman
BACKGROUND: Peppermint oil has been used for centuries as a treatment for gastrointestinal ailments. It has been shown to have several effects on gastrointestinal physiology relevant to clinical care and management. AIM: To review the literature on peppermint oil regarding its metabolism, effects on gastrointestinal physiology, clinical use and efficacy, and safety. METHODS: We performed a PubMed literature search using the following terms individually or in combination: peppermint, peppermint oil, pharmacokinetics, menthol, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, gallbladder, colon, transit, dyspepsia, nausea, abdominal pain, and irritable bowel syndrome...
January 26, 2018: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Fatemeh Abdollahi, Jamshid Yazdani Cherati
The use of herbal medicines (HM) has been increasing worldwide. This cross-sectional study investigated the prevalence of and characteristics related to use of HM among 320 pregnant women. Participants were admitted to Mazandaran-based hospitals' postnatal wards from March to June 2015. Data were collected via a self-report questionnaire, including herbs used during pregnancy and demographic, socioeconomic and pregnancy-related factors. Nearly half (48.4%) of the women reported taking one or more HM during pregnancy...
January 16, 2018: Women & Health
Elise E B LaDouceur, Brian G Murphy
Microsporidia are a diverse, parasitic phylum closely related to fungi. They infect a broad range of host species and tissues. This report describes microsporidiosis infection in a captive, wild-caught peppermint shrimp ( Lysmata spp.). The animal was found dead in its enclosure approximately 5 days after molting. Grossly, the skeletal musculature was diffusely swollen, opaque, and pale tan to white. Histologically, skeletal myofibers were replaced by large aggregates of sporophorous vesicles containing up to eight spores and earlier stages of sporogony...
December 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Hassan Al Moussawi, Mariam Al Khatib, Malak El Ahmar, Houssam Al Masri, Ali Leddy, Tamer Akel, Ali Khalil
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Colonoscopy is the cornerstone of diagnosing colonic diseases. Investigators have evaluated the effectiveness of antispasmodic agents in colonoscopy with conflicting evidence. The aim of this study is to determine the efficacy of enteric coated peppermint oil capsules (Colpermin®), an antispasmodic agent, on outcomes during colonoscopy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 80 patients undergoing elective colonoscopy were recruited and randomized in a double blinded fashion to receive either placebo or peppermint oil capsules administered 4 h prior to the procedure...
December 19, 2017: Arab Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Publication of the Pan-Arab Association of Gastroenterology
Fatih Erci, Rabia Cakir-Koc, Ibrahim Isildak
Silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) were green synthesized at room temperature using different concentrations of the Thymbra spicata L. var. spicata (Zahter) aqueous leaf extracts for the first time. With the synthesis of AgNPs using the leaf extract of Cynara scolymus (Artichoke) and Mentha piperita (Peppermint), the biological activities of the nanoparticles synthesized using leaf extract of three economically significant plants have been studied comparatively. Nanoparticles were characterized by different spectroscopic and microscopic analysis...
December 17, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Chang-Hee Kang, Ilandarage Menu Neelaka Molagoda, Yung Hyun Choi, Cheol Park, Dong-Oh Moon, Gi-Young Kim
Apigenin is a bioactive flavone in several herbs including parsley, thyme, and peppermint. Apigenin possesses anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties; however, whether apigenin enhances TRAIL-mediated apoptosis in cancer cells is unknown. In the current study, we found that apigenin enhanced TRAIL-induced apoptosis by promoting caspase activation and death receptor 5 (DR5) expression and a chimeric antibody against DR5 completely blocked the apoptosis. Apigenin also upregulated reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation; however, intriguingly, ROS inhibitors, glutathione (GSH) or N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC), moderately increased apigenin/TRAIL-induced apoptosis...
December 13, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Sanjeevi Prakash, J Antonio Baeza
A new species of peppermint shrimp, Lysmata baueri n. sp., is described based on a single specimen from the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The new species can be distinguished from other morphologically similar species of Lysmata Risso, 1816 by the number of teeth, length and shape of the rostrum, the length of the antennular peduncle relative to the scaphocerite, the number of meral and ischial articles in the second pereiopods, and the number of spines on the flexor margin of the dactyli from the third to fifth pereiopods...
December 12, 2017: Zootaxa
Brittanny Baker, Sienna Taylor, V Tamara Montrose
Ring-tailed lemurs reside in many animal collections worldwide. Lemur welfare may be a cause of concern due to some captive individuals exhibiting stereotypic behavior. Despite these concerns, there has been little exploration of methods of environmental enrichment for ring-tailed lemurs. Olfactory stimulation can enhance captive animal welfare by encouraging species-typical behaviors, enhancing behavioral diversity, and decreasing stereotypic behaviors. We aimed to investigate the effects of olfactory stimulation via lavender, peppermint, coconut, and prey odor upon the behavior of eight captive ring-tailed lemurs...
December 14, 2017: Zoo Biology
Timothy S Dunstan, Anupam A K Das, Pierre Starck, Simeon D Stoyanov, Vesselin N Paunov
We demonstrate that capillary suspensions can be formed from hydrophilic calcium carbonate particles suspended in a polar continuous media and connected by capillary bridges formed of minute amounts of an immiscible secondary liquid phase. This was achieved in two different polar continuous phases, water and glycerol, and three different oils, oleic acid, isopropyl myristate, and peppermint oil as a secondary liquid phase. The capillary structuring of the suspension was made possible through local in situ hydrophobization of the calcium carbonate particles dispersed in the polar media by adding very small amounts of oleic acid to the secondary liquid phase...
December 14, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Zhiyue Li, Fengzhi Wu, Haozhen Shao, Yu Zhang, Angran Fan, Feng Li
Objective: To study the effect of the essential oils of Citrus sinensis L., Mentha piperita L., Syzygium aromaticum L., and Rosmarinus officinalis L. on physical exhaustion in rats. Methods: Forty-eight male Wistar rats were randomly divided into a control group, a fatigue group, an essential oil mixture (EOM) group, and a peppermint essential oil (PEO) group. Loaded swimming to exhaustion was used as the rat fatigue model. Two groups were nebulized with EOM and PEO after swimming, and the others were nebulized with distilled water...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Adam Kowalczyk, Agnieszka Bodalska, Marta Miranowicz, Katarzyna Karłowicz-Bodalska
Flavonoids, naturally occuring derivatives of 2-phenyl-benzo-γ-pyrone, are widespread in plants as coloring substances. Apigenin (4',5,7,-trihydroxyflavone (5,7-dihydroxy-2-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-4H-1-benzopyran-4-one), molecular formula C₁₅H₁₀O⁵, is a flavonoid present in many fruits and vegetables, primarily in citrus fruits, apples, parsley and celery leaves. It is also found in some medicinal plants, including chamomile flowers, thyme, oregano, peppermint, lemon balm and yarrow, as a 7-O-glycoside with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity...
October 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
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